Starship Paediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology
This is a camera test which allows the doctor to see inside the oesophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestine (duodenum).
What to expect
The gastroscope is a plastic-coated tube about as thick as a ballpoint pen and is flexible. It is passed down through your child's mouth. It has a tiny camera attached. Your child will have a general anaesthetic (be completely asleep). If the doctor sees any abnormalities they can take a biopsy (a small piece of tissue) to send to the laboratory for testing. This is not a painful procedure. It will be performed as a day case procedure so your child goes home the same day. It takes around 20 minutes but your child will be away from you for around 2 hours to allow them to recover from the anaesthetic.
Before the procedure
You will be sent instructions as your child will need to starve for several hours before the endoscopy.
After the procedure
Your child will stay in the Day Stay Unit until they are ready to go home. If biopsies are taken these will be sent for analysis and results are available within 2-3 weeks. A report and copies of these are sent to the doctor who referred your child. We do not telephone results.